Park refurb can start with Council exemptions

The Keizer City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 17, cleared the way for installation of protection materials at Ben Miller Family Park.

Two publifc hearings were held at the Jan. 17 meeting that included exemptions from competitive bidding. One was rubberized play structure materials to be purchased from Ross Recreational Equipment Co.  In the second hearing the council approved a contract for the Lane Council of Governments for compensation analyses.

Asked why the city decided not to have competitive bidding for a project, City Manager Adam Brown said previous connection to a vendor and time sensitivity are the reasons.

The council also heard Dennis Lyon, a regional director of the League of Oregon Cities (LOC), discuss the LOC’s program for infrastructure repair. He said the program, at no cost to a city, provides up to $8,500 per private residence for repairing broken, cracked or leaking pipes and up to $3,000 per incident for in-home plumbing.

In another presentation, Fatima Falcon and Kevin O’Malley, two Wilsonville-based representatives of the Oregon Business Recovery Center, discussed small business grants related to COVID.  Grants up to $10,000 will be available for businesses that have been in operation since at least since before January 2020.

In other business, two seats on the Community Diversity Engagement Diversity Committee were filled. Councilor Dan Kohler appointed Amy Bauer; Councilor Robert Husseman appointed LaTonya Gibbs.

Lisa Cejka, vice chair of the Parks Board, said the board was looking for a youth liaison.

Machell DePina, human resources director, said the Police Department has one opening.